Aspen airport names new assistant aviation director |

Aspen airport names new assistant aviation director

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
Brian Grefe

ASPEN – A former Aspen-Pitkin County Airport employee will return to fill the role of assistant aviation director of administration, the county announced Tuesday.

Brian Grefe, current director of operations at the Duluth Airport Authority in Minnesota, will begin his new job at the local airport on April 23. He succeeds David Ulane, who resigned from the second-in-command administrative post in October and subsequently took a job as northwest mountain regional manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Grefe, 30, was employed as operations specialist at the Aspen airport in 2006-07 before heading for Duluth, where he also has served as manager of the Sky Harbor Airport.

Grefe said Tuesday that he’s looking forward to returning to Aspen.

“I absolutely love the area, love the valley and the people I will be working with,” he said.

Many of his duties in Duluth are similar to what he’ll be doing in Aspen, he said. The assistant aviation director’s post involves overseeing the administrative, financial and customer-service functions at the airport in addition to security and ground transportation. Grefe also has been involved in project management in Duluth.

The local airport, in the final stages of a 20-year master-planning process, may have various projects in the pipeline in the coming years.

Grefe will relocate to the area with his wife and son.

He was among four finalists interviewed for the post, according to Jim Elwood, aviation director. There were more than 80 qualified applicants.

“It really came down to some of his unique skill sets, his familiarity with the community and his desire to return,” Elwood said.

In other personnel moves at the airport, Dustin Havel was promoted to assistant aviation director of operations and facilities, a post vacated by Francey Jesson last fall, while Garrett Seddon was promoted to airport training, safety and standards coordinator, a job formerly held by Havel.

In addition, William McDonough and Gloria Bouillon have been hired as airport operations officers.

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